EPL: Moses Missing As City Edge Chelsea At Stamford Bridge
Super Eagles star, Victor Moses was an unused substitute as Manchester City produced one of their finest performances against defending champions Chelsea in their Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half winner reclaimed top spot on the league table.
Considering their free-scoring form this season, such lavish praise may seem excessive but the fact that City went to Stamford Bridge and outplayed Antonio Conte’s men over the course of the 90 minutes tells the true story, not the scoreline.
Despite missing Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany in defence and top scorer Sergio Aguero in attack, City never once looked in trouble against the Blues, who started Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata for the first time in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea, despite a morale-boosting win at Atletico Madrid in mid-week never truly looked confident and their cause wasn’t helped when Morata requested to be substituted in the 34th minute.
The £60 million signing, who scored a hat-trick against Stoke last week, has been in excellent form this season and without him, the Blues’s attack looked a little blunt.
City had dominated possession, Chelsea’s three-man defence largely stood firm in the first-half save for a single chance from a corner late just before the interval.
City are now topping the league with 19 points from seven games and considering the teams they have beaten (Liverpool and Chelsea), will be confident of extending their stay at the summit.